Pakistan Army launched on Sunday a major operation in the Rajgal valley of Khyber Agency, code named Khyber-IV.
“The armed forces have launched a major offensive in the Rajgal valley as part of the ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) DG Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor told journalists.
According to the DG, the operation is being launched to counter Daesh, which is gaining presence close to Afghan border. “Pakistan Air Force (PAF) will also take part in the operation.”
Maj Gen Ghafoor reiterated that the purpose of fencing [along the Afghan border] was aimed at better border management. “It is not possible for any foreign forces to set foot on Pakistani soil.” He added that the Shawal area will also be cleared from terrorists soon.
The incidents of terrorism are decreasing, he said, with the the writ of the government being established. “Terrorists are now aiming for soft targets.”
The DG said there had been a 98 per cent decrease in terror incidents in Karachi.
Earlier this month, the DG said Daesh was gaining strength in the Afghan provinces of Kunar and Nooristan because of the absence of Afghan troops along the border, adding that militants from across the border were trying to create sectarian faultlines in Pakistan.
Operations Khyber I, II and III were launched in Khyber Agency during 2014-16. Most terrorist-infested regions of the agency – including the strategic Tirah Valley – were cleansed in the previous operations.
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